Christmas Eve 2014

First of all, a merry Christmas or other applicable seasonal holiday to all my readers and blog visitors.

Yesterday was a typically wet and mild North German Christmas Eve. I’m with my parents, as usual. Luckily, I didn’t have to leave the house again today, because we already bought all the last minute groceries yesterday.

This year, we switched the order of the food on the three Christmas days (Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day) around and had pork curry with all sorts of condiments for lunch on Christmas Eve. Tomorrow will be filet of hare with apple cranberry sauce and red cabbage. The reason is that my uncle is visiting us for lunch tomorrow and we have more of the hare than of the pork curry.

For dinner, we had a big bowl of red herring salad (which contains three salted herrings, three big bulbs of beetroot and about two dozen other ingredients), which will last at least till the weekend. I also made my Crab Rangoon cheese spread again, cause my parents like it.

This year’s tree, from my parents’ garden again, was rather skinny, which made it difficult to decorate. Though in the end, it turned out fine.

Of course, I took some photos as well. Unfortunately, my battery ran out, so I had to switch to a cellphone camera halfway through. Though that wasn’t necessarily a bad thing, because the cellphone camera cast a nice soft glow over everything, compared to the harsher flash of the regular camera. Besides, I could photo-livetweet Christmas Eve, which was nice as well:

Christmas tree

Here’s this year’s Christmas tree, all decorated and lit up.

Christmas tree

Another look at the lit up Christmas tree. The cellphone camera has somewhat softened the lights, while the candles cast a dreamy glow.

Christmas tree close-up

A close-up of the tree top with various ornaments and a lit beeswax candle. Some of those ornaments, e.g. the paper apples, are almost fifty years old.

Christmas tree close-up

Another close-up look at the Christmas tree: Among other things, you can see some wooden Erzgebirge type ornaments, a straw angel, a Wedgewood ornament, a shepherd in a poppy pod, a handblown glass bell and Bilbo Baggins. Well, not really, but the little guy looks a bit like Bilbo. The glittery heart, strawstar and poinsettia all date from the mid to late 1960s again.

Christmas tree close-up

Christmas tree close-up, the third: More Erzgebirge type wooden figurines, a jolly round Santa, a Scandinavian reindeer ornament, musical instruments and some rather colourful spherical ornaments again dating from the 1960s.

Christmas Eve

My Dad with the lit tree in the background. At the top of the photo, you can see painted china ornaments, which are hanging from the ceiling lamp.

Christmas cards

This year’s Christmas card haul.

Wrapped Presents

Wrapped presents (my Dad’s)

Wrapped presents

Wrapped presents (my Mom’s)

Wrapped presents

Wrapped presents (mine)

Unwrapping presents

My Mom is unwrapping presents, while my Dad looks on.

Unwrapping presents

My Dad is unwrapping presents.

Unwrapped presents

Unwrapped presents (my Dad’s). CENSORED for obvious reasons.

Unwrapped presents

Unwrapped presents (my Mom’s). The bags contain chocolate, wine and honey.

Unwrapped presents

Unwrapped presents (mine). Look at all the pretty books.

Bonsai tree

This bonsai tree (with bonus dwarf) was a present as well, though it doesn’t reside in the living room, because it’s too warm in there. This is a somewhat belated replacement for a bonsai tree of mine that my Mom killed by overwatering and fertilizing it.

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2 Responses to Christmas Eve 2014

  1. Natalie L. says:

    Wow, you guys actually put lit candles on your tree? Gorgeous, but I’d be scared of burning down my house. 🙂

    Lovely book haul!

    • Cora says:

      Lit candles on Christmas trees are still very common in Germany, particularly among those without pets or young children. For example, you can usually see lit candles on the Christmas tree in the background, when our president is holding his annual Christmas address (see this year’s video – and for once he’s actually saying something useful, too). And while Germany has a couple of Christmas fires every year, the culprits are far more likely to be advent wreaths and arrangements, because the branches are dried out after more than four weeks than Christmas trees.

      And after my futile attempts to convince my parents that maybe we should replace the electrical Christmas lights after 36 years, especially since it’s impossible to get replacement bulbs, I’m not even starting on the wax candles. Besides, the candles only burn for 30 minutes or so under constant supervision and I keep anything that’s highly flameable (branches, paper, straw and wood ornaments as well as that very old angel I suspect is made from celluloid, etc…) far away from them.

      I obviously agree on the book haul and look forward to delving right in.

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